While the list of coaches who are throwing their name into the “I wouldn’t mind coaching the Los Angeles Lakers” hat continues to grow, here is a name who reportedly isn’t interested in the high-profile gig at all: Stan Van Gundy.
Former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy is not expected to pursue the Lakers coach opening, a source said.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 1, 2014
Considering who is all on the current market, Stan Van Gundy is the best available head coach. And while the Lakers position may be a high-profile job, it seems that if Stan decides to return to the sideline it’ll be for a team that can compete for a NBA title immediately. Just last summer, Van Gundy declined the chance to coach the Los Angeles Clippers. That means the Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, or Houston Rockets come to mind if those teams decide to move on form their respective head coaches in Frank Vogel, Scott Brooks, and Kevin McHale, three big name coaches who have plundered under expectations this postseason.
This also means that the Minnesota Timberwolves are off the list of possibles as they search for a new head coach in the wake of Rick Adelman’s retirement.
Former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy will not have interest in Timberwolves coach opening, according to a source.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) April 30, 2014
Maybe Jeanie Buss and company can poach the other Van Gundy brother in Jeff to lead the team during the 2014-15 NBA season.